Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Tatton Show 09 - Visionaryhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

Marcus Green's 'Time'. Easily the best Visionary garden. The oak planks move like waves under the oak saplings.

Tatton Show 09

The Lake District Bluebird Garden by Andrew Loudon and Janine Crimmins. I love the planed timber of the seats in contrast to the drystone walling.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Nature's Artistry - Autumn's Edge

My favourite show garden at Future Gardens is Fiona Heron's. Satisfying details, elegant structure, original, simple and delightful.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Tuesday, 7 July 2009


The walled garden at the delightful Hutton-in-the-Forest. Really exuberant planting with strict topiary, apples pruned to form boundaries and limes trained on steel frames to form arbours.

Blair Castle, Perthshire

The walled garden at Blair Castle has been restored to its eighteenth century glory. Called the Hercules garden after the statue of the Farnese Hercules by John Cheere which still stands overlooking the garden where he was placed 250 years ago. The garden combines utility with beauty, having a series of pools running through the centre while the slopes are planted with fruit trees and there are mixed borders running round the walls.

The Hill House, Helensburgh

The National Trust for Scotland has made a great job of laying out the garden to CRM's original sketches.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Culzean Castle, Ayrshire

Views from the Walled Garden at the National Trust for Scotland's Culzean Castle: annual meadow in front of the gardener's cottage, apples trained over a steel pergola, dahlias in strict formation and the herbaceousl borders. And a sundial from the castle terraces.

Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute

The trees are enormous at Mount Stuart due to a maritime climate. The lime avenue is overpowering and the Crinodendron hookerianum is among many shrubs in the 'Wee Garden' that have become the size of trees. The formal section of the Walled Garden is a 20th century addition by Rosemary Verey, plenty of work for the gardeners there.

Acorn Bank, Temple Sowerby

A quince tree in the walled herb garden, a simple but lovely border in June and stone steps smothered with plants. All at the National Trust's garden at Acorn Bank.